The Brief: Fans are declaring that SpongeBob is a LGBTQIA+ icon since Nickelodeon alluded to him being a part of the community in a Pride Month tweet.


On June 13, 2020, Nickelodeon Tweeted a picture of SpongeBob SquarePants along with the caption “Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month.” Many fans took this to mean that Nickelodeon was officially announcing that SpongeBob is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and started posting memes to welcome him and celebrate his identity.

Some fans are debating where SpongeBob, a character who has long been considered a gay icon, falls under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. In a 2018 interview with the show’s creator Stephen Hillenburg, he said of SpongeBob and Patrick “We never intended them to be gay. I consider them to be almost asexual.” Whatever the specifics of SpongeBob’s identity may be, many queer fans are taking this as a win for representation and celebrating Nickelodeon’s announcement.

LGBTQ+ SpongeBob Memes

The news about SpongeBob’s sexual orientation has Rule 34 artists sharing their fanart and others using memes to make comments about SpongeBob’s sexuality. Some social media posts suggest that it’s extraneous or even inappropriate for a cartoon sponge to come out as LGBTQ+. Others embrace SpongeBob as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and wish him a happy Pride month.

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